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SNORKELING IN CURACAO?

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I'VE DONE LOTS OF SNORKELING IN CARIB. I'M NOW LOOKING FOR AN ALL-INCLUSIVE HOTEL WITH SOME NIGHT LIFE/CASINO AND SOME GOOD SNORKELING. HOW'S THE MARRIOTT HOTEL IN CURACAO? IT'S GOING TO BE A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR A 65TH BIRTHDAY.
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    The Marriott is the nicest of the current hotels-new ones going up by year-end will be nicer. The casino is the only one that comes near a "reral casino on the island.The snorkeling around the Marriott is just fair. You have to drive to the West End and go to Knip Beach-very good snorkeling along the boulders that form the bay at that beach. Also, 2 or 3 other beaches right near there have very good snorkeling.
    If you want it easy go to Santa Cruz Sta.#1 ask for Capt.Good Life. He will take you to 2-3 snorkel areas not accessible off the beaches. If you tell him you want to go to the Blue Room and 2 other coral areas for 30 minutes each he will take you and come back promptly at the agreed upon time. He charges only $10-$12/person for 2 hours of taxi service to these spots. If you call in advance and tell him you want to go out at 9-9:30 you will have his full attention until 11:30.But after that he makes more money cooking and serving lunch. He makes a great lunch of tenderloin and calameri with pesto and fries-almost a full dinner portion and the cost is $15USD/person. Beers are $2 and soft drinks are $1.We just came back and went out with him twice and it cost us $55 for the snorkel taxi and the lunch for my wife and I.
    But, get there early. You may wake him and the family up but in 15 minutes he has your full attention.
    But, I recommend you do not eat at the Portofino dining room at the Marriott. It is not very good and fairly expensive. Try La Peragola-fettucini carbonara it is very good. Larousse was great in April 2005 (we eat there twice) but just fairly good 2 weeks ago.It is chef-owned so the chef may have made a few mistakes that night but at $110/couple I expected a little better. This year the Astrolab was a disappointment and $125/couple as was Avalon and Ft. Nassau. Zanzibar on the East End is not worth a visit for lunch or dinner.
    Blues at Avila is pretty good and reasonably priced.
    If the Marriott is too pricey for you and you are willing to go to a nice small boutique resort on the East End and travel the 20-25 minutes to the Marriott and 50 minutes to the West End for snorkeling the Sea Aquarium Resort suites are nice, very clean and a lovely staff at 60% the daily rate of the Marriott.
    I hope some or all of this helps.
    BUT, DO NOT EXPECT SNORKELING EQUAL TO St.JOHN, or Virgin Gorda.It is good and in our experience better than the current conditions in Bonaire or Grand Cayman.
    I hope all this helps.

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